Which Bottle is Best for my Baby?
Unfortunailty, it’s hard to determine which bottle will work best for your baby, it’s really trail and error. The best thing you can do is let your baby tell you. He or she will let you know what they like best. What works for one baby may not work for another. Even with your own children. You may find that one brand was great for your 1st born, but when it came to the 2nd they wouldn’t take it. One of the best things that was recommended to me when I was pregnant was to put a bunch of different kinds of bottles on my baby registry or buy one of each kind to find out which was works best. That is exactly what I did and it worked. I went through about 4 brands before I found one that my baby liked. That being said, after researching bottles from personal experiences from myself and other moms, doing research on-line and reading countless reviews, we at www.kidsplayandcreate.com created a list of the best baby bottles on the market today. We hope that this list helps you with your journey on finding the best baby bottle. If you have a bottle that you love and don’t see on our list or have a question or comment about baby bottles let us know by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Brown’s Original Bottle Feeding Set
Dr. Brown’s Original Wide-Neck Bottle Newborn Feeding Set
Dr. Brown’s natural flow bottles are top-rated by moms. They are special because of their innovative vent technology. They use a patented 2-piece internal vent that creates positive pressure flow for vacuum-free feeding that mimics breastfeeding. Vacuum-free feeding not only mimics breastfeeding, but is great for many reasons. The vacuum-free feeding also helps reduce fluid in the ear. It ensures that the milk in the bottles flows out the nipple while the air is channeled through a tube to the other end to eliminate nipple collapse. Dr. Brown’s bottles can be used for breast milk or formula. The air in these bottles never mixes with the breast milk or formula to reduce gas and colic, it also prevents oxidation so it can help maintain the essential vitamins such as C, A and E. Set comes with 3 8oz bottles, 2 4 oz bottles 2 extra level 2 silicone nipples, 2 storage/travel bag, caps for the bottles and 3 nipple cleaning brushes. Makes a great baby shower gift.
- Vacuum-free feeding that mimics breastfeeding
- Helps to reduce colic, spit-up, burping and gas for a comfortable baby.
- The bottles are made out of polypropylene and silicone
- BPA, PVA, lead and phthalate free
- Patterned vent system ensures that air and milk don’t mix and maintains essential vitamins A, C, E
- Helps prevent fluid in ear.
Comotomo Baby Bottle
Comotomo Baby Bottle, Green, 8 Ounce, 2 Count
We love the design of these Comotomo natural feel baby bottles. The bottles are naturally shaped and are soft with silicone nipples. Your baby will love the feel of these soft, skin-like, squeezable bottles. Since they are soft and squeezable, your baby will have a much better grip on them and will be easier for them to hold. The natural shape of the nipple makes this bottle a great bottle to use when transitioning your baby from breast to bottle. The wide neck design is great for easy filling and easy cleaning. These bottles are leak free and are heat-resistant. You can boil the bottles, put them in the dishwasher and even the microwave. They have 2 anti-colic vents to ensure good air circulation to help reduce colic, spit-up, burping and gas. Comes with 2 8oz bottles with caps and medium flow nipples.
- The nipple and body of the bottle are made of 100% hygienic medical grade silicone
- Leak Free
- Heat resistant, you can boil them, dishwasher safe, microwave safe
- BPA, PVC and phthalate free.
- Natural shape of the nipple for easy transition from breast to bottle
- Soft and squeezable bottle, great for baby’s smalls hand to grip
- 2 anti-colic vents to reduce colic, spit-up, burping and gas
Philips Avent Natural Baby Bottles
Philips Avent Natural Baby Bottles, Clear, 9 Ounce, (4 Pack)
These bottles are naturally shaped with a wide almost breast shaped nipple. They were designed to be the most natural way to bottle feed your baby. This is a great bottle to use if you are going to breastfeed and supplement with bottle feeding. The nipples feature an innovative petal design for a natural latch, similar to breast feeding. The petals inside the nipple increases softness and flexibility and prevent nipple collapse. The twin valve anti-colic nipple help reduce colic and gas by venting air into the bottle and not baby’s tummy for a comfortable feeding experience. Comes with 9 ounce bottle and 2 medium flow nipples.
- Polypropylene and BPA free
- Dishwasher and microwave safe
- Wide shape makes it easy to fill, cleans and hold.
- Twin valve design to reduce colic and gas
- Petals inside nipple increase softness and flexibility and prevent nipple collapse.
- Petal design help create a natural latch, similar to breastfeeding.
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Fiesta Bottles
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Fiesta Bottles
We love this colorful collection of bottles by Tommee Tippee. The set comes with six brightly colored bottles. The colorful set is a great way to introduce colors to your little one and makes feeding fun. The nipple was developed with the help of breastfeeding expects to mimic the breast’s natural flex, stretch and movement to make feeding more comfortable for baby. The silicone nipple feels almost skin-like and the breast shape nipple helps baby latch easily. These are great bottles fro transitioning from breast to bottle. The bottles have a 3-way compact shape that allows you to hold the bottles comfortably 3 ways including: cradled in the hand, held the same as other wide neck bottles or you can hold the bottles from the base. The wide neck design makes filling and cleaning easy and less messy. These bottles are dishwasher and microwave safe.
- Set of six 90z colorful bottles with slow flow nipples
- Breast shape nipple for easy latch
- Wide neck bottles, easy to clean and fill
- Super sensitive valve eliminates excessive air flow for a comfortable feeding experience
- BPA and Phthalate free
- Bottles are dishwasher and microwave safe
Many years ago glass bottles were the only bottles. When the lighter, cheaper plastic bottle emerged onto the market everyone flocked to them. Today glass bottles are becoming popular once again. Many moms prefer using glass bottles over plastic ones. Mainly because glass bottles do not contain any harmful chemicals that are found in some plastics. The good news, after 2012 all baby bottles and sippy cups sold in the U.S are BPA free and do not contain any harmful chemicals. Even though bottles are now BPA free some parents are concerned about different chemicals in plastics that we are not aware are harmful yet and to be on the safe side prefer glass.
Glass bottles are also easier to clean and can be sterilized better. Another plus to using glass bottles is that you can freeze breast milk in them. Even though using glass bottles has it benefits they still have one main flaw, they can break. Although many glass bottles are made with a tempered glass that is stronger, they can still break. They are also heavier than plastic bottles. With that being said many people love them, especially for newborns. I myself used glass bottles for the first 3 months, I just felt they were safer for my little one. Here is pour choice for the best glass bottles.
Philips Avent Natural Glass Bottle
Philips AVENT Natural Glass Bottle, 8 Ounce (Pack of 3)
This Philips Avent Natural Glass Bottle is a natural way to feed your baby. It has a wide breast-shape nipple that promotes a natural and easy latch for baby. It has built in petals on the nipples to make them softer and more flexible. The petals on the sides also help keep the nipple from collapsing. The twin anti-colic valves release air back into the bottle and not your baby’s tummy to reduce gas and colic and make feeding more comfortable for baby. The bottle has a wide neck to make filling and cleaning easy. It also has clear measurements on the sides of the bottles to make it easy to determine how much to fill the bottle and how much your baby has eaten. Comes in your choice of pack of 3 4 oz bottles or 8oz bottles or 1 4oz bottle.
- Made with premium quality borosilicate glass that is thick and not easily broken
- BPA free
- Dishwasher, microwave and can be put in boiling water for sterilization
- Wide neck for easy cleaning and filling
- Breast-shape nipple that promotes easy latch for comfortable feeding
- Anti-colic valves
LifeFactory Glass Baby Bottles
Lifefactory Glass Baby Bottles 4 Pack Starter Kit (9 oz. & 4 oz. – Gender Neu…
These bottles like the Philips Avent ones are made with the highest quality of borosilicate glass. You can transition milk easily from the freezer to boiling water. The main reason they made our list is the silicone sleeve that was added to the bottle. Like a case for your cell phone it helps to prevent breaking after the bottle has been dropped. It also makes gripping the bottle a lot easier. These bottles are also dishwasher safe, you don’t even need to remove the silicone sleeve. All the components of the bottle are either made in the USA or Europe. The bottles are compatible with most major breast pumps. The nipples and sleeve that comes with the bottles are non-toxic, free of plastics and latex. Most standard nipple brands will fit bottles, the wide neck nipples will not fit.
- Made with high quality thermal sock resistant borosilicate glass
- BPA/BPS and Phthalate free
- Silicone sleeve for added protection against breakage and for easy gripping
- Silicone sleeve and nipples are non-toxic and free of plastics and latex
- Dishwasher safe
Evenflo Feeding Classic Glass Twist Bottle
Evenflo Feeding Classic Glass Twist Bottles, 8 Ounce (Pack of 6)
These glass bottles by Evenflo have an added twist design to the classic glass bottle. Unlike some other glass bottles the silicone nipple is equipped with micro air vents that help bring air back into the bottle and not in your baby’s belly to reduce gas and colic. They also help reduce nipple collapse. These bottles are made with a high quality tempered glass and are strong and will not break easily. The can be put in the freezer and are also dishwasher.
- Made with high quality tempered glass that is strong and will not break easily
- plastic free silicone nipple
- Twist of the bottle is a sleek and modern design
- Micro air vents to reduce nipple collapse and colic and gas for comfortable feeding
- Easy to clean and sterilize
What Bottle Nipples Should I be Using For My Baby?
There are four main types of nipple flows slow flow, medium flow, fast flow and variable flow. Here is a description on what each one is and when you should use them.
Slow flow: great for newborns -3months. Slow flow nipples usually have one small hole to help develop your little ones sucking and minimize choking.
Medium flow: medium flow nipples are for babies 3-6 months. they have two small holes to allow you baby to get a little more milk than the slow flow nipples.
Fast flow: Fast flow nipples are for babies over 6 moths of age. They have three holes and allow even more milk to come out than the medium flow.
Variable Flow: Variable flow nipples have a Y cut design that will adapt for your baby’s feeding speed. Variable nipples are great for thicker liquids.
How Often Do You Need To Replace Baby Bottle Nipples?
You need to replace nipples any time you see wear and tear. Wear and tear is any damage that occurs naturally through regular use. One of the most common signs of nipple wear and tear is discoloration. If the color of the nipple is turning slightly yellow, you would need to replace them right away. Another sign of wear and tear is the nipple hole size is changing. This can happen from cleaning or even just from baby sucking. When the nipple starts to get weak or starts thinning it is time to replace it. To test your nipple to see if it is weak or thinning, just give it a tug. If the nipple does not bounce back into it’s original shape, it’s time to replace.
If My Baby Is Fussy During Feedings, Should I Change The Type of Bottle I Use?
It may help to change the baby bottle you are using. If your baby is fussy, not latching on to the bottle, having a hard time sucking, speak to your pediatrician, but you can also try changing the type of bottles that you use. My daughter could not latch onto bottles with wide nipples. She just couldn’t suck from them and feedings were a nightmare. I switched to another brand and she had no problems. Gas and colic can also make your baby fussy during feedings. Speak to your pediatrician if you think that your baby has gas or is colic. One tip to ease gas is to always keep your baby’s head above their stomach when feeding and make sure that the nipple is full of milk when feeding. This way your baby will not suck in air.
What is the Best Way to Clean a Baby Bottle?
When you first purchase bottles for your little one it is always a good idea to sterilize the bottles. You will not need to sterilize them after every use, but definitely the first time you use them. You can do this by placing them in boiling water or by using a microwave steam sterilizer or by using an electric baby bottle sterilizer. Now that your bottles are sterilized here is the best way to clean bottles after use.
It is important that you do not leave any left over milk in bottles for long periods of time. It is best practice to rinse bottles right after use. When it is time to clean the bottles make sure you clean all of its parts separately. Take off the nipple and the nipple ring along with any other parts the bottle may have.
Once all of the parts are separated, it is time to soak them is hot soapy water. While the pieces are soaking clean each piece individually. Use a bottle brush to clean inside the bottle, you will want to make sure that you get all the nooks and crannies. It is also recommended to use a nipple brush to clean inside the nipple. You want to make sure that you get all the left over milk out of the bottle and nipple.
After you clean all the pieces of the bottle individually, place all the pieces on a drying rack. Be sure not to put the bottle back together while it’s wet. You will want to make sure that each piece dries separately to prevent mold and bacteria from growing.
For bottles that you can place in the dishwasher, place the bottles on the top rack of the dishwasher. Place the smaller pieces such as the nipple and nipples ring in a dishwasher basket.